1 winning ticket sold in $429 million Powerball drawing

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Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and is worth $429.6 million, lottery officials said Sunday.

Only one ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday night’s drawing, said Powerball spokeswoman Kelly Cripe. The winning Powerball numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number was 9.

“The New Jersey Lottery is thrilled to announce that the sole winning ticket of the May 7th Powerball drawing was purchased in the Garden State,” read a statement from The New Jersey Lottery. “The $429.6 million jackpot winning ticket was sold in Mercer County and matched the 5 white balls and the Powerball in last night’s drawing.”  The release said the exact location will be revealed Monday after security precautions are put into place.

Mercer County encompasses Trenton, the state capital.

The jackpot Saturday had climbed to nearly $430 million, making the prize the largest since a record $1.6 billion payout in January that prompted some to wait in hours-long lines outside lottery retailers. But unlike Saturday night’s drawing, that jackpot was shared by three winning tickets.   Only one winning ticket will claim Saturday night’s prize, though it was not immediately known if that ticket was held by one or more people. Kripe said a winner, or co-winners, electing a one-time cash payout will receive $284.1 million.

This isn’t the first time Powerball luck has struck in New Jersey. In 2013, a sole ticket claimed a $383 million Powerball jackpot.

Seven tickets from Saturday night’s drawing matched five numbers and claimed $1 million, including three in New York, two in Illinois and one apiece in California and Virginia.

Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million.